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Embera Village Day Tour

By Embera Village Tours & More
Recommended by 90% of travellers
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Ages 1-99, max of 15 per group
Duration:8h
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Ticket type:Mobile
German, English, French, Spanish


  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at hotels and ports within Panama City, Gamboa, Colon2000 or Homeport in Colon. Playa Bonita pick up has a surcharge.
  • Ports:
  • Cristobal Colón observó, 2G54+V8W, C. 93 C Este, Panamá, Panama
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 22161P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of people per booking is required
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Embera Village Day Tour?
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What is the Embera Village Day Tour cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Embera Village Day Tour?
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Bunmaster2014
Bunmaster2014
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EMBERA CULTURE
I love roughing it, getting out into the back country and visiting indigenous peoples in their native habitat. I've
Richard M
Richard M
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Embera Puru Biakiru
This is one of the best tours I ever took. The Embera have balanced living in a manner they lived for hundreds of y
Andy K
Andy K
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Different
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village. Welco
WhiteMouseBurrow
WhiteMouseBurrow
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3 in 1
In fact, the trip consists of three parts: 1. The Indians meet you on long pies and swim along the river to their v
EndlessSummerCaptain
EndlessSummerCaptain
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Great Place to Visit
Natives are friendly and make great hosts! Lunch was terrific -- fresh and cooked very well. Hike around the peri
sarahsP7185IF
sarahsP7185IF
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Wonderful cultural experience
We had a wonderful day at the Embera Puru Village. Although it was rainy the dugout canoe ride (which is motored n
SherryCormier51
SherryCormier51
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Excellent Experience
We had a wonderful day today led by Ruben of Panama Tours, He was very knowledgeable and accommodating - actually
blkdolfin
blkdolfin
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Joyful
Went to the Katuma Embera village. It was simply joyful. Met the Headman, his grandson and family. My friend danced
panama507tours
panama507tours
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EMBERA COMUNITY I LIKE
During the tour i discover the area, in the first time people visit the National Park visitor Center and aftter tth
JerryVaughn
JerryVaughn
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A "Must Do" if you are in Panama
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Panama. It was incredibly interesting, scenic and a terrific experience.
Tom M
Tom M
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Stepping back in time
Water trip in a motorized dug-out canoe to the village is the first part of this adventure; Native Embera Villagers
HTSandown
HTSandown
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Great tour, great guide
One of my favorite tours. Thought this would be "touristy" but was pleasantly surprised. The village tour was int
mcjardine
mcjardine
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A MUST BUCKET LIST TICK.
A very nice adventure,reasonably safe trip, just don't fall out of the canoe, alligators on the banks.Bus trip is i
Michele S
Michele S
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Enjoyable
This is the 2nd time that I visited the Embera Village. I always find it enjoyable and entertaining. We are alwa
James B
James B
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Wonderful opportunity to be exposed to how the Embera Indians live their lives
A private Embera village tour is an opportunity which should not be missed. We left our cruise ship at Gatun Lake,
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IevaLei
Riga, Latvia29 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
After short ride in wooden canoe we arrived in waterfall for short brake and then moved to one of Embera Village comunities. There we could see how they live, how looks their chief and what rules they have. After that we had tasty lunch and could enjoy dancing and singing by Embera people. It was lovely experience and I would recommend the tour to anyone. Our tour was provided by Safe Transportation Panama and the gide Cesar made it enjoyable. He told us lots of information about Panama Canal and gave the full picture how it works. 😊
Written March 5, 2020
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Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,331 contributions
Mar. 2020
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river
Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village.
Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time.
Lovely visit to a sort of living museum.
Embera live sort of like they always did.
Very good visit and a lovely thing to do
Great fun
Written April 9, 2020
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EndlessSummerCaptain
Southport, NC509 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Jorge met us an route before we boarded dugout canoes (stay low and hold on to the Gonzales). First and second passengers should have water protection from the spray.

Met by a band on arrival. Everyone was friendly and seemed pleased to see us. They loved Jorge.

Introduction and culture discussion was pleasant and informative. Hike around the village perimeter was enjoyable and learned about botanical cures.

Lunch was delicious...best tilapia I ever had. Kids were the cutest.

Definitely recommend it but can't really recommend a tour company.
Written February 26, 2020
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Anne G
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the the village with the Embera. We encourage you to tell your friends about the tour. I'm not sure why you say you can't recommend a tour company. If you encountered something unpleasant because of us, Embera Village Tours, we would be interested in hearing about it. Please contact us at tours@emberavillagetours.com.
Written February 27, 2020
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Kiera G
3 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
We had a fantastic day - our host, Javier, was knowledgeable, very friendly and clearly passionate about his country. The Embera people themselves were beautiful and incredibly welcoming. The food was tasty, the mini-hike was fun and informative, and the markets were colourful and very reasonably priced.
Written February 24, 2020
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Anne G
Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion of our tour. We really appreciate your input. Please be sure to tell your friends about us.
Written February 25, 2020
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Susan O
Saint Cloud, FL44 contributions
Apr. 2018 • Couples
If you believe this is the real deal, guess what.. it's not! To truly see the Embera Village people in their natural habitat, you must travel a great distance. Do your research! This was an exploitation of the people of the village for the Princess Cruise Line to make money. The entire visit was nothing but a sales pitch for you to buy their goods, which quite frankly were not made by these people. Even the homes they supposedly lived in were staged. Take notice of their beautiful white teeth - they looked better than my own! They made you believe they couldn't understand English, but often corrected the Tour Guide when he was translating. And the best part of it all, the tourists bought right into it! Feel free to waste your money on this fake excursion.
Written April 13, 2018
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drbrds22
Orlando, FL220 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
Calling all of you who want a one of a kind adventure! You will begin the day at 8 am with a personal hotel pick up. Hopefully, you will secure DANIEL as your guide. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. There were only THREE guests on our tour. You travel about 1 1/2 hours in an air conditioned van. You will then transfer to a four wheel drive truck. You can sit in the cab or ride on benches in the truck bed to experience the breeze and the bumps. You then greet your Embera Indian guides who will paddle, pole and push your canoe down the scenic river. Another group of four took a second canoe. There were only 7 guests! The river is quiet and peaceful. You will not get wet and it is flat bottomed. Yes! You CAN go on this adventure even if you are not athletic. The canoe trip takes 30 minutes. You will be surrounded by a national forest with lush, exquisite views. Look to the left and see if you can be the first to see the grass roofs of Embera homes. Men will greet you with homemade instruments playing beautiful melodies that will make you feel like royalty. Ladies will line up to welcome you to Embera Village. Let me tell you so you will not be shocked. Men wear very little. In fact, they wear more tattoos than clothes. Ladies wear colorful skirts but no tops. PLEASE, do not take this trip to gawk. Respect the Embera Indians and their culture. Handcrafts are made and sold by the 30 families who live in this remote village. Their sales are their livelihood. Expect about a 20% discount, if you ask. You will then freely walk about the village where they live. You will be treated to fried tilapia, plantains, pineapple and papaya which they will cook over a wood fire or serve freshly sliced. Delicious! BRING YOUR BEVERAGE. None is sold or offered. Those that can walk up the mountain can venture up with Daniel as he points out various plants and trees. You will also see the schoolhouse. Three Panamanian teachers teach in two classrooms. The children are grouped by ages. Teachers are assigned and if they do not accept, they are fired. They must live there during the week. The children are educated up through fifth grade. They can then stop school or walk two hours to school or board with another family. Those that do this most often return to the vial age after completion. One is now a village teacher! The next event is tribal dancing. Visit the crude toilets/ out house before you begin your journey home. This is an UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE! Ask Daniel to stop at Rico’s for coffee, ice cream and spectacular pastries—most cost $1.00! Do I get a helpful vote?
Written June 14, 2019
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meander127
Old Lyme, CT24 contributions
Mar. 2014 • Family
We contacted the Embera Tribe directly by telephone at (507) 6709-1233 and spoke with Ivan. You can find information about this village and overnight on their website http://trail2.com/embera/index.php (don't expect them to answer an email-you will need to call). If you contact them directly rather than through a tour agency the price is less-our overnight including the boat trip and all food was $70 per person. Ivan arranged for us to be picked up at the port of Corutu and leave our car there, although they can also arrange transportation from the city. We took the dug out canoe up the river, stopping at a waterfall and swimming. The boat trip was worth the cost alone as it was really amazing in a dug out canoe! We got to the village, had a good fish and plantain lunch, and watched some dancing. Then the 6 other tourists who were there left, and we were alone with the Emberas. Most changed into their more westernized clothes, but rather than feeling like they were not comfortable in their native dress, I felt that these were their "good" clothes and they removed them to keep them in shape for the next event. We went swimming in the river which was crystal clear and very refreshing. It was fun to watch the kids swimming and fishing. Then we went up the hill and looked at the handicrafts, did some weaving with Berta, and got vegetable dye tattoos which is their form of sunscreen. We watched them cook dinner over an open fire and prepare the food with their carved wooden platters and utensils. People drifted in and out to talk with us, and seemed to be very warm and happy people. My husband had a previous foot injury and was treated by the medicine man. He took us for a walk and showed us his medicinal garden and explained the benefits of each plant. He gave us a small piece of wood to chew which fizzed and tingled, and it is their anesthesia. Berta cooked a form of pasta for dinner which tasted great. We spent the night comfortably in tents inside the communal hut. There is a visitor bathroom which was fine (although we noticed someone was probably watching us and turning the water on and off as we went in). The next day we had fish and plantains for breakfast and then watched the tribe gear up for a large load of cruise ship people who were coming for lunch and a dance performance. It was fascinating to be behind the scenes. The tribe borrowed engines and boats from other villages. Everyone from smallest child to the elderly went in the river or their open air showers and got into their best clothes. The women were cookinng masses of fish and sweeping the grounds. There is a covered platform at the top of the hill where people were posted to watch for the dug out canoes that bring the tourists. When the boats were spotted the musicians went to the platform and played music as the (in this case mostly older, overweight American) tourists made their way up the stairs. We sat on the platform just behind the musicians. Each tourist looked up, smiled and took a photo in the same place! It was really fun to watch. The tourists were guided into the shady pavillion where we had slept and were handed food and taken care of nicely by the villagers. Everyone pitched in according to their abilities.
This experience is only as good as you make it. If you are willing to take a risk and be outgoing and interested in their lifestyle, they are very willing to share it with you. The overnight is unstructured and you can do what you want and go where you want. Spending the night was an adventure and I think allowed us to see a lot more of what goes on, and really explore the village. After 2 days there, I did not feel like the few hour tourist experience most people have is phony, rather it is like a formal visit. To experience the informal lifestyle you need to spend the night, and swim, eat and hang out with the villagers. During our trip to Panama we went to San Blas, Anton valley, Gamboa, and Las Perlas, and this was probably the part of my trip that I will remember most.
Written March 23, 2014
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D M G
Seattle, WA26 contributions
This is definitely well worth the money.

The Bad: loading the canoes correctly so 65% of the weight is from mid back and left and right sides are balanced. Don't put the biggest guy in the middle by himself because everytime he moves the boat tips. He belongs in the back.
Boats leaked a little, so wear sandals or shoes that dry fast.
People do not know how to ride in the canoe, so they leaned on all the turns. Stay in the middle. Does not appear they had extended keeps all the way down the middle of their boats either. Bottoms were flat. If you can't sit on a hard flat board for an hour you may want to forgo this trip. Stupid people giving the villagers candy.

The Good: Everything else. They use outboard motors to move you up the water so no paddling. The views going up the lake to the river were amazing and Gorgeous. There were other huts and structures going up the river but still nice. It rained during the entire trip to the village, but packed my lightweight Helley rain jacket. Where shoes that also have some support because the ground is very slick. It's hard pan or clay like dirt and wet and slippery. The villagers are barefoot so they had no problems. As a note, most of the women and teenagers are Not covered so maybe an issue for some. The ware's they sell are made very well and price is negotiable. I didn't press too much because they work alot harder than I do to make a buck.
The food they shared with us was fish and plantains. Fish was boney but delicious. Plantains have very little flavor but provide nourishment. Walking around on the grounds was interesting seeing how they live. Very simple. They have received some some things to help them such as coolers, a generator, solar panels and cut timber. A few of them speak broken English but mainly Spanish and their own specific Language.
As a reminder they are opening their home and village to you as a visitor, so some of them may seem put off or even bored because we are interrupting their daily lives. Specifically some of the teenage girls. Most of the girls and the boys and adults are selling and doing chores. The children were playing soccer or walking around being cute.
Explore all you can while your there. Their school house is nice but going up the hill to see it is very slippery and dangerous. We did encounter a very large rooster at the school so be careful since they get very aggressive when the hen's and babies are around.
Overall an awesome trip.
Written December 24, 2019
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AFStatie
Willemstad, Curaçao110 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
Visited the Emberá Drúa during a family vacation. We were picked up very early and our tour guide Leonel Vergara (shout-out to Leo !) spoke fluent English and Spanish. On the way to the canoe pickup spot the guides stopped to buy fresh fruit which was later cleaned and prepared for us by the Embera. We were then dropped at a spot and transferred over to canoes (with outboard motor) and taken to the village in a ride that lasted about 40 minutes. During our trip the river was actually very shallow, so we had no sense of danger. I did hear though that certain seasons the river could be very high. But the canoes were wide enough and not experienced as dangerous at all.
The Embera are very friendly people, explained their history and customs and provided us with a dee-licious lunch of patacones (fried plantain) and freshly caught fried fish wrapped in plaintain leaves. We were able to buy some hand-made souvenirs, explore the village (do not go into the houses) and interact with them. They even gave us tattoos made with their own natural ink (temporary only, not permanent tattoos). A day well spent in the jungle. Do not miss this opportunity if you are in Panama City.
Written August 1, 2019
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Craig B
Avon, CT325 contributions
Feb. 2015 • Couples
We signed up for this tour with Anne Gordon expecting a much more intimate experience than we did. This particular village is supposed to be the most remote and most authentic of the Embera villages that are visited by tour groups. Upon arrival at the village, our very knowledgeable and interesting guide Kenny announced that instead of visiting with one or two other small groups, we would be joined later in the day by a large group from a cruise ship. While I can understand the benefits of the additional revenue for the tribe, this totally ruined the experience for us. The whole thing came off as staged, rather than authentic. Yes, our small group did spend time with the village medicine man before the hoards arrived and our lunch was served in a separate area from the cruise ship passengers where we were able to interact with one of the villagers with Kenny translating. However, we had no opportunity to wander on our own and were pretty much herded into the crafts area with the larger tour group to shop and to watch the natives dance. The photo session at the end was just plan sad - it felt like we were photographing animals in a zoo. The highlight of this tour in my opinion, was the ride to and from the village in the motorized dugout canoe. I would not recommend this tour to persons with any degree of travel experience.
Written March 3, 2015
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Dear Craig, Thank you for sharing your concerns with us about our Embera village tours. We always appreciate hearing feedback both positive and negative. It helps us to continue to improve and maintain our quality Embera tours to future guests. You are correct, in that the village of my Embera husband, where we take our tour groups is the most remote within a day trip's distance to Panama city. They do receive the least amount of tourists as a rule, but on this unfortunate day, it was not the case. I am so sorry, you were disappointed with your experience with us. I completely understand that it was not expected nor desirable to be in the remote village when a large group from a cruise ship arrived. You are correct in saying that the financial rewards for the village is great when there is a large group and can really help out the Embera people, it is not so enjoyable for you as a client looking for a more intimate experience. We do our best to keep our groups as separate and intimate as possible when we run into the larger groups. The cruise ships do send some of their tours to our village for a few months out of the year. Usually, November-February. In February the water level gets too low to handle the large groups. They have been sending groups to our village since before I was running my own tours to the village so unfortunately I do not have control over the cruise ship groups or which tour groups the village accepts. We do our best to avoid them when we can. It is always a tough call, as the cruise ship groups are there only 1.5 hours and we are there usually 3-4 hours and as I mentioned we keep our groups as separate as we can by having our presentation in the guest hut, not the big community hut, and we eat separately and we also try to time our medicinal plant walk when the other group arrives and the only thing we actually share is the music and dancing and perhaps some free time in the village. We are usually in the village before and after the larger group arrives. I have been in the village many times when there is a large cruise ship group there and have also worked as a guide for these big groups on the official ship tours, (In the past) It can feel a bit overwhelming as a guest on a smaller tour when these large groups arrive. I have spoken to many of the cruise ship guests and found that everyone I spoke with and observed seemed to really get who the Embera are and were equally touched by them as you and I have been. I have never noticed them acting as if they were objectifying the Embera people in any way. It can be a bit overwhelming for our smaller group guests and the Embera earn quite a bit from these large groups and the income does help to preserve their quality of life. The alternative is to take our groups to other villages which are nice but not as authentic as ours is. When we do this, of course, our guests never know the difference and have a great day with the Embera in the other village. I have no control over whether or not the village allows the larger groups in. The village actually enjoys the big groups. They have a whole other energy and vibrancy with so many people there, good or bad. If it were up to me, I would always avoid these larger groups, but have not found an ideal nor equal alternate village. I always feel like I am not living up to my high quality tour when I take them to the alternate village, even though the guests never know the difference if they have not been to ours before. I agree that taking our groups to our village while there is a bigger group there is not ideal, but we always explain it to our groups about how it is not pleasant for us as a small group, but it provides a big chunk of income to the village to help them maintain their traditional lifestyle. It is not an easy answer. The cruise ships do have a schedule and give it to the village in advance and we can avoid them when we know the schedule. As I have stated above, it is a toss-up decision for me to send our groups with the cruise ship groups or to a “lesser” village. Thank you so much for posting an honest review here and we will take your comments into consideration and make adjustments as we can to continue to provide our quality Embera village tours. Sincerely, Anne Gordon de Barrigon Embera friend and family member Owner Embera Village Tours
Written March 4, 2015
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